Troy recreation teams open season

Published 11:32 pm Monday, April 2, 2012

More than 700 children forming 60 teams will take to the field over the first two days of the recreation baseball and softball season.

Teams from all age categories will open their Troy Parks and Recreation season on Monday and Tuesday and fields across the city.

The atmosphere was carnival like as players and coaches were introduced before each game began.

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“It is always an exciting time of the year for the community,” Troy Parks and Recreation Director Dan Smith said. “The field look great and we hope everyone has a great time.”

Play opened at the Troy Sportsplex with the first round of games beginning at 5:45p.m.

Teams that did not open their season on Monday will do so on Tuesday.

Smith is looking forward to another season and another fun filled summer on the diamond.

“Everyone remembers something from playing recreation ball,” he said. “It’s an important part of so many childhoods.”

Smith credited the success of the recreation programs to group of volunteers that make up the coaching staffs for the teams.

“These coaches have a lot of positive influence on the kids,” Smith said. “That is the foundation of recreation baseball and softball. They teach the kids a lot more than how to hit a ball or catch a ball.”

The Troy Parks and Recreation season runs through the end of May for most leagues.

Tournament play will begin soon after the end of the city’s season concludes.

The City of Troy will host six postseason tournaments this year including Dixie O-Zone Sub-State, Dixie Debs and Dixie Ponytails State tournaments as well as the Dixie Angels World Series.

“There are truly two seasons, the regular season and the tournament season,” Smith said. “We will have a packed tournament with several tournaments that will be going on here.”